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Congressional and Business Leadership Awards


TFAS students meet Sen. Cory Gardner at the 2016 TFAS Scholarship Dinner.
TFAS students meet Sen. Cory Gardner at the 2016 TFAS Scholarship Dinner.

The Congressional and Business Leadership Awards are presented annually to members of Congress and a leader from the business and government affairs community for their contributions to our nation and its young people.

Each year, the award recipients are honored during The Fund for American Studies Scholarship Dinner. This annual event raises scholarship funds for outstanding college students to attend the TFAS D.C. Summer Program track on Business + Government Relations, a comprehensive academic internship program.

TFAS gave me an entirely new perspective on the business world and taught me the importance of staying informed about the ever-changing laws and regulations that affect my daily life.” – Mary Major ’18, Intern with Stateside Associates


TFAS student Elizabeth Hartman ’16 gives her TFAS testimonial to 2016 dinner guests.

Since its inception in 1990, this dinner has raised more than $5 million in scholarships for over 750 students to attend the program. TFAS has become the premier training program for future leaders in business, government and politics. Through academic study, internships and panel discussions with leaders in the profession, students gain an appreciation for the essential interplay between business and government and its effect on our nation’s future.

The evening is a highlight of the summer for students, as it gives them the opportunity to meet senators, congressmen and leaders from the corporate community. 

Visit www.TFAS.org/ScholarDinner to learn about the our most recent Annual TFAS Scholarship Awards Dinner, honorees and dinner sponsors. If you’d like to support the program and provide scholarship support for deserving students, please visit www.TFAS.org/support.

Past Award Recipients


2022 – The Honorable Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), the Honorable Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Ms. Jade West, chief government relations officer for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

2021 – The Honorable Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Ms. Suzanne Clark, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

2019 – The Honorable Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Ms. Susan K. Neely, president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)

2018 – The Honorable Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), the Honorable Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) and Mr. Matthew R. Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation

2017 – The Honorable Rob Portman (R-Ohio), The Honorable Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Mr. Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America (A4A)

2016 – The Honorable Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), The Honorable Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and The Honorable Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

2015 – The Honorable John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), The Honorable Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and The Honorable John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable

2014 – The Honorable Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), The Honorable Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Thomas R. Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute

2013 –  The Honorable Mark Begich (D-Alaska), The Honorable Fred Upton (R-Michigan) and Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute

2012 – The Honorable Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)

2011 – The Honorable Senator Mark Pryor (D-Arkansas)

2010 – The Honorable Richard Lugar (R-Indiana)

2009 – The Honorable Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)

2008 – The Honorable Ken Salazar (D-Colorado)

2007 – The Honorable Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia)

2006 – The Honorable Max Baucus (D-Montana)

2005 – The Honorable Pat Roberts (R-Kansas.)

2004 – The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii)

2003 – The Honorable Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina)

2002 – The Honorable Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska)

2001 – The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)

2000 – The Honorable Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota)

1999 – The Honorable Phil Gramm (R-Texas)

1998 – The Honorable Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut)

1997 – The Honorable Trent Lott (R-Mississippi)

1996 – The Honorable Pat Moynihan (D-New York)

1995 – The Honorable Don Nickles (R-Oklahoma)

1994 – The Honorable John Breaux (D-Louisiana)

1993 – The Honorable Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyoming)

1992 – The Honorable Alan Dixon (D-Illinois)

1991 – The Honorable Bob Dole (R-Kansas)

1990 – The Honorable David L. Boren (D-Oklahoma)